A Basic Unit of CPE is a Program of (400 hours) duration, full time or part-time equivalent .

Minimum requirements include

  • Ten (10) hours, individual supervision with an Accredited Supervisor plus
  • Eighty (80) hours, group supervision
  • One hundred and fifty (150) hours pastoral ministry
  • Sixty hours (60) personal research and for personal reading  and written reflection
  • To be completed over a period of ten (10) weeks minimum or forty-four (44) weeks maximum.
  • a personalised learning contract that is drawn by the trainee in consultation with their supervisor. Specifying goal(s) and objective(s), which is mutually acceptable.
  • Trainees working on sites which enable them to experience and learn from their ministry.
  • meetings with Supervisors individually and with the peer group to reflect on their experience of ministry, using an action/reflection model.
  • Didactic and literature are offered to trainees as a means of understand their experience.
  • Methods used in the Program to help trainees evaluate their personal and pastoral functioning include but are not limited to, verbatim and case conferenced, worship, theological reflection and group process.


  • become more aware of self as ministers and of the ways that their ministry affects others
  • develop basic interpersonal skills in actively listening to and appropriately respond to the those to whom they minister
  • clarify their own spiritual journey and faith development and how these relate to pastoral functioning
  • learn to use the action/reflection model of self-evaluating their relationship in ministry
  • use individual and peer supervision for evaluation of ministry and for growth in the understanding
  • use both individual and group supervision for interaction, support, clarification and confrontation as a means of integrating their personal and pastoral identity.
  • increase theological understanding of issues arising from experience so as to enrich their pastoral identity.
  • learn to discern faith needs of those to whom they minister and to be a supportive presence with structures of prayers, sacrament, Scripture or other spiritual resources
  • develop the ability to assess pastoral ends taking into consideration differences in culture, spirituality, ethnicity, socioeconomic backgrounds, psychological and emotional expressions.